Baptism for babies and children takes place in a service often called a Christening. In this service parents thank God for his gift of life, make a decision to start their child on a journey of faith and godparents promise help and support. The church also promises to welcome the child and to pray for the family.
For your child, being baptised at a Christening marks the start of a lifelong journey of faith as part of the local and worldwide Christian family.
Visit the Church of England to read other people's stories, about the duies of Godparents and of symbols which may be used in the service - it even has a link to the service.
Why not follow @CofEChristening on Twitter - there are great ideas for godparents as well as parents.
Some parents might want to celebrate the gift of a child in a different way without the commitment that baptism involves. During the Thanksgiving service parents and families give thanks for the birth or adoption of a child and everyone prays for family life. It can take place in church with the congregation, or with just family and friends gathered, or elsewhere such as home, or even in hospital.
A Thanksgiving Service is not a Baptism. There are no promises to make about the Christian faith. The child will be blessed and prayed for, and supporting friends will promise to support the parents in bringing up their baby.
Taken from www.churchofengland.org